Massive protests erupt in Lebanon after a now-withdrawn government proposal to levy ~$6/mo tax on calls via WhatsApp and similar apps, amid an economic crisis — Lebanese have been reeling under the burden of austerity measures as the small Mediterranean country battles to stay afloat
Adobe says Photoshop for iPad will be released by year end, confirms that it will lack features after beta testers complained it was missing key elements — Adobe Inc. is nearing the consumer launch of Photoshop for Apple Inc.´s iPads a year after it was officially announced …
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
YubiKeys can now be used to log into PCs running Windows 7, 8.1, and 10, via the Yubico Login app, previously only available to Mac and Linux users — Yubico releases app that lets users configure YubiKeys to work on top of local Windows OS accounts. — Starting today, users …
Michael Potuck / 9to5Mac:
iPhone users who save photos as HEIC/HEIF may get free unlimited storage of photos at original resolution with Google Photos, unlike Pixel 4 owners — One of the unique selling points for the Pixel smartphone lineup over the last few years has been free unlimited storage of original quality pictures with Google Photos.
New York Times:
Zuckerberg gives a full-throated defense of Facebook as a champion of free expression and defends Facebook policy to opt out of fact-checking political ads — In an address at Georgetown University, the Facebook chief executive called for more free speech — not less …
Lily Hay Newman / Wired:
DOJ officials say they tracked the owner and users of the dark web child-porn site Welcome to Video by working with Chainalysis to trace bitcoin transactions — Federal investigators focused not on offensive hacking efforts or surveilling communications, but on the transactions using cryptocurrency.
Wall Street Journal:
Analysis of 168,907 tweets at Daryl Morey following his Oct. 4 pro-HK tweet: ~50% came from accounts with 0-13 followers, 4,855 users had never tweeted — ´This wasn´t primarily a bot swarm. It was a troll mob.´ After his tweet supporting Hong Kong´s protesters, the Houston Rockets´ general manager …
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
MyGate, a Bangalore-based startup with a security and community management app for gated communities, raises $56M Series B from Tencent, Tiger Global, others — MyGate, a Bangalore-based startup that offers security management and convenience service for guard-gated premises …
Amy Thomson / Bloomberg:
Following the 2016 Brexit vote, analysis shows overseas bidders have announced ~$60B in deals for UK tech companies, driven in part by a weakened pound — In the run-up to Brexit, the home of Alan Turing and Tim Berners-Lee is looking like a tech bargain. — Overseas bidders have announced …
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
In a joint effort with UK and South Korea, US DOJ says it took down one of the largest child exploitation sites on the dark web, containing 200K unique videos — The Justice Department says it´s dismantled one of the largest child exploitation sites on the dark web.